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Morrisville State football falls to #7 Wesley in season finale

HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College football team fell in the 2007 season finale to seventh nationally ranked Wesley College by a final 71-27 Saturday afternoon at Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, New York.

On the first drive of the game, Morrisville stunned the Wolverines with an early 6-0 lead off a 23-yard pass from Billy Poling (Waretown, NJ/Southern Regional) to Zach Whittaker (Greene, NY/Greene) at 13:53 in the first quarter.

Wesley stormed back with two unanswered scores, the first a one-yard run from Mike Pennellwell and the second a 10-yard run from Alpha Koroma to take the 13-6 lead at the end of the first. Pennellwell carried the ball 18 times for 136-yards to lead all ball carriers on the afternoon.

In the second, Morrisville State evened the contest off a blocked punt by Nick Savignano (Latham, NY/Shaker) with Jonathan Guy (Maybrook, NY/Valley Central) recovering the kick in the endzone for the touchdown score.

Following a 73-yard pass from Jason Schantz to Larry Beavers to regain the lead for Wesley, Morrisville State answered with a two-yard run by Poling to even the contest for the second time on the afternoon at 20.

Wesley put together three straight scores in just under seven minutes to take the commanding 41-20 lead at the half, fueled by a 73-yard passing score by Michael Clarke from Schantz.

Trailing 64-20 with less than nine minutes remaining in the contest, Morrisville put together one final drive, capping off the 49-yard, eight play drive with a one-yard rushing score by quarterback Darnell Murphy (Auburn, NY/Auburn). Murphy was 1-for-9 in passing, tallying 11-yards in the air and 11 on the ground in the final quarter.

Koroma added a 70-yard rushing score at 3:24 to end the contest with a final 71-27 victory for the Wolverines, netting 100 of Wesley’s 408-yards on the ground for the afternoon.

Morrisville State’s Poling went 12-for-29 on the afternoon for 133 yards and a passing score, adding 14 yards on the ground.

Eddie Hull (Syracuse, NY/Central Square) led Morrisville State with four receptions for 46 yards while Whittaker added two catches for 40-yards and a score.

Morrisville State’s Ryan Campbell (Long Beach, NY/Long Beach) led all defenders with 12 total tackles as Bryant Parker (Windsor, NY/Windsor) added ten in the Mustangs defensive efforts. Josh Allen (Fayetteville, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) recorded an interception for the Mustangs, returning for 19-yards while recording six total tackles.

Schantz went 15-25 for 263-yards passing and two scores for Wesley, hitting Clark three times for 103-yards on the afternoon.

Wesley outgained Morrisville State 710 to 219 total offensive yards, 408 on the ground.

Morrisville State concludes the 2007 campaign with a 3-7 overall record, recording an upset win over SUNY Brockport earlier this season and wins over Maritime and Mount Ida.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2007. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.